Rudolf Beese is a partner in Dentons' global Real Estate group, practicing in the areas of corporate, energy, real estate and construction law. With more than 30 years of extensive experience, Rudy advises clients on a broad spectrum of complex domestic and international projects, financings and related corporate initiatives.
In his practice, Rudy advises clients on all aspects of real estate deals, from purchases and sales to leases, project development and operation, as well as financings and related disputes resolution, where necessary including mediation, arbitration and litigation. Rudy's experience also extends to the creation, development and operation of a broad portfolio of industrial, commercial, office, retail, hospitality entertainment, residential and mixed-use developments, along with other asset types, and the formation and negotiation of complex joint ventures for purposes of developing, financing, constructing, leasing and/or operating such projects. He has worked directly with his clients seeking a wide array of project incentives and entitlements in negotiations with various local governments in the course of site selection and the development of new or expanded facilities.
His clients are active in a variety of locations worldwide, with operations in the high-tech and power sectors as well as the software, financial services, renewable energy, life sciences and biomedical technology sectors. Rudy has led significant projects of varying complexity, cost and scale, evaluating oftentimes multiple sites in multiple geographies. His representation of owners and developers has been complemented by representation of various other stakeholders, among them financial institutions, contractors and design professionals such as architectural and/or engineering firms, surveyors and other professionals involved in the development and construction process.
Rudy's capabilities are complemented by extensive experience with construction contracts and agreements for the siting, development, entitlement, construction and ownership or leasing of facilities through integrated approaches to project documents. Examples of such agreements include preconstruction services; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts; design/bid/build construction contracts; design-build agreements; and public-private partnership (P3) arrangements, among others. He is experienced in municipal finance transactions; developments utilizing tax credit funding; and the formation, financing and operation of various quasi-governmental entities that can contribute to successful project development and redevelopment, among them innovative sources of funding for relevant projects such as transportation development districts (TDDs), tax increment financing (TIF) and community or neighborhood improvement districts (CIDs and NIDs). Rudy has also integrated the use of industrial revenue bonds (IRBs) or economic activity bonds (EDRBs) on suitable projects to achieve property, sales and income tax relief, or to provide for payments in lieu of tax (PILOTS). He is listed in the Red Book, and has advised governmental units, as well as those who deal with governmental units, on various government incentives, entitlements and/or financing issues.
Rudy is also active in Dentons' Energy practice, counseling national and multinational clients in the power and the renewables industries. In doing so, he integrates his traditional real estate and corporate practice with seasoned experience in all facets of energy projects of varying scale. Representative matters in this arena include:
In addition, Rudy has represented clients with the acquisition, siting, development, finance and or disposition of co-generation facilities, landfill gas installations, natural gas and combined cycle gas turbine projects, solar installations and wind farms, as well as the rebalancing of ownership interests in these and other power-generating assets such as nuclear power plants. His experience in this area extends to work with management as the operator of power-generating assets or for other stakeholders in such projects. He also brings a depth of experience in best practices in the drafting and negotiation of agreements for siting, construction, ownership, operation, maintenance and accounting for the operation of power-generating facilities. He has experience with related transmission and distribution assets, fuel, rail and common facilities that may be shared by majority and minority ownership groups, as well as the related transfers of property and ownership interests; the realignment or true-up of ownership interests; segregation of regulated assets; and financing of interests in regulated and non-regulated assets of companies active in the power sector. Rudy has handled numerous such projects across North America.
With regard to advanced energy projects, he has negotiated terms of water rights, air rights, various easements and access rights associated with such projects. He has also negotiated agreements key to the operation and finance of such projects, such as power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, facilities use agreements and other supporting financial guarantees, together with purchase and sale agreements, leaseholds, accommodation agreements, solar and wind easements and related financing documents for the development or operation of these projects. Through his practice, he offers an understanding of sustainable design, development and construction practices, as well as the impact of recent or pending administrative or legislative initiatives on matters affecting development and operations.
Rudy's work in the areas of science, technology, health care and biosciences includes an interdisciplinary approach that integrates professionals from Dentons' various practice areas, including Corporate; Real Estate; Tax; Intellectual Property and Technology; Public Policy and Regulation; and Employment and Labor. In coordination with these practices, he offers geopolitical advice and counseling to clients in operating in key industry sectors and locations through Dentons offices worldwide.
In the area of life sciences, Rudy represents national and international companies in the optimization, expansion or relocation of their operations, with specific experiencein the construction and/or incentivization of major chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution and headquarters projects, as well as the relocation or expansion of research and development (R&D) facilities, laboratory facilities, biomedical campuses, business parks and related facilities utilizing a broad range of government incentives and entitlements. Rudy has represented growing health care, biotech and technology-based companies locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
He has also worked with university and regional stakeholders to identify suitable sites for the location of venture development organizations and related business incubators, and has then assisted these organizations with the development and growth of emerging business ventures in the technology, mobile technology, composites, life sciences and biomedical device sectors, among others.
Rudy's areas of interest include contributing time and resources to assist emerging ventures with business planning, scaling their operations and securing outside funding from a variety of sources such as seed or pre-seed investment, angel investment and, where appropriate, access to private equity or venture capital. He has helped clients pursue university research collaborations; technology transfer or licensing rights; and funding for development of operations or facilities with government grants or other incentives. He has also helped clients identify external mentorship support networks in which these ventures can grow.
Rudy serves on a number of professional, civic and community boards and organizations.
In the Kansas City area, he is a member of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), and is a past chair of the KCADC's Life Sciences Advisory Council. He serves as a board member of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, a regional venture development organization, and is an advisory board member of the Bloch School's Lewis White Real Estate Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also an advisory board member of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Angel Capital Association, and is a past member of the board of directors of the Leawood Kansas Chamber and a past board member of the Blue Valley Education Foundation Board. He has served as chair of the Overland Park Economic Development Council, among other organizations.
His service on numerous committees or public interest groups has been aimed at improving the community ecosystem for education, venture funding and the growth of life sciences businesses, R&D and commercialization, related jobs retention and creation, as well as the development of facilities to accommodate early-stage funding and incubation of emergent technology companies in the tech, biotech and biosciences sectors.
Rudy is a member of the American Bar Association's Construction Law Forum and an affiliate member of the American Institute of Architects. He is the president of the Kansas Bar Association's Construction Law Section and a former chair of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Construction Law Committee. Rudy is a member of the Construction Law Section of the Missouri Bar Association, and has authored chapters on construction, climate change and environmental matters related to construction or development in both the Kansas and Missouri Bar Construction Law desk books.
Rudy assisted the Bloch School's Lewis White Real Estate Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the development and instruction of an executive Masters course, "International Real Estate Development," in which participants met abroad with government officials, real estate professionals and academicians during an international experiential and educational tour. Meetings were arranged with real estate professionals in each of the countries visited. This exchange provided a unique opportunity to examine international issues related to real estate development, investment, and finance providing an opportunity to establish personal contacts with international industry leaders. The Curriculum incorporated a significant amount of independent study, and provided a framework for analysis of real estate principles and practices associated with acquisition, leasing, development and construction in countries outside of the United States.